A Visa Beat Clottey, Not Pacquiao

Charlie JonesContributor IMarch 14, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a right to the body of Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous decision.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Clottey was not 100% Clottey. Is Pacquiao ok with that?

In a win that was almost guaranteed by most predictions Clottey did great. Unlike Cotto, who for the first few rounds of his fight seemed to want to wait Pacquiao out and possibly get him tired but then got into Pacquiao's game of punch for punch, Clottey stuck with the same game plan throughout the fight.

A game plan that saw Pacquaio start to get a bit frustrated near the end.

If anything this fight exposed one of the few weaknesses Pacquiao does have. He always wants to knock a fighter out. Is this a bad thing? Obviously not. Pacquiao can take a punch and inflict major damage onto his opponent during those stints of flying fists that make for very exciting fights.

But didn't you think that if Clottey just let his hands go at certain points he could have possibly done some damage himself?

With the limited punching Clottey did muster up he landed some great shots. 

Could Clottey have been more effective if he had his trainer in his corner?

One thing DeJesus, Clottey's trainer for this fight, stated was that if Clottey would listen to him Clottey had a chance.

If you heard Clottey's corner they did tell him to let his hands go and put some combinations together. The ever present jab/right of Clottey got so predictable he was lucky he wasn't knocked out. Doesn't that say something about Clottey's power? That Pacquiao, knowing what Clottey was coming with, couldn't counter and put Clottey on the canvas?

From the get go this fight was doomed for Clottey. In those precious few seconds where a trainer can impart wisdom onto his fighter it is very important that the relationship between fighter and trainer is there.

“Six weeks isn’t enough to get to know somebody,” Roach said of the Clottey-DeJesus team. “How can they know each other in such a short period of time? I’ve known Manny for nine years. Lenny doesn’t have that comfort zone. Clottey could be very disappointed with who’s in his corner.”

Clottey may still have lost, but you will never really know. Congrats to Manny, but it doesn't improve his stance one bit.